Serving up an extensive menu of breakfast bites and deli fare, Coffee Pot Bistro resets clanging tummy clocks, and the café’s specialty coffee drinks provide flavorful caffeine kicks. Ante-meridiem munchers can jump-start their days with light breakfast options, such as eggs and toast ($3), or cram face crevasses with a croissant, such as the herbivore-friendly garden variety, with eggs, feta cheese, guacamole, and assorted veggies ($8). Various melts and sandwiches include Nana's chicken-salad sandwich topped with spinach, cranberries, and walnuts ($7) for a hearty meal free of Grandma’s relentless pyramid-scheme sales pitches. Coffee Pot Bistro also boasts a vast menu of specialty drinks that can be served hot, iced, or blended, such as the Laughalatté, with milk-chocolate and macadamia-nut flavors, or the white ghost, with essences of white chocolate, pistachio, and ectoplasm.
A 2010–2011 recipient of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business of the Year award, Phoenix Rising Bakery crafts a scrumptious bounty of handmade breads, sweets, and other golden-crusted butter vessels. Each batch of artisan bread dough is kneaded to life over the course of two days using all-natural and organic ingredients, and then baked in a traditional wood-fired brick oven. Accompany morning cups of coffee or tea-time chalices of mead with a fresh and flavorsome cinnamon roll ($3), or practice making kissy faces by puckering up to a lemon bar ($1.50) instead of an already slanderized milkman. Nonsweet breads are available in flavors such as sourdough, rosemary, and whole wheat, and freshly prepared 10" pizza crusts ($7 for a pack of four) make perfect canvases for homemade pies or anchovy haikus.
Patrons can casually slide into a forefront booth or slither into the larger back dining room at Tacos Flor to order up authentic Guanajuato-influenced Mexican fare. Fajita plates harness corn or freshly homemade flour tortillas to cloak rice, beans, and salad among a mountain of chicken ($7.25) or beef ($7.45), and three à la carte crispy beef tacos ($4.25) sate antsy teeth in need of crunchy chew toy. Specials like the Friday-only Lilly plate (crispy taco, cheese enchilada, rice, beans, and salad, $5.50) run rampant throughout the week, and short orders such as nachos ($4.50) snub forks for desired finger shovels.
Dedicated to satisfying seasoned gourmands and casual diners alike, Palmer’s menu offers everything from sizable steaks and chicken dishes to lighter, plant-based victuals and veggie-nestled seafood. Try the grilled ahi tuna steak with chipotle aioli, chef’s rice, and seasonal vegetables (4 oz., $14; 8 oz., $17), or nibble the tenderloin sandwich with tomato and portobello to harness the necessary brainpower to conquer your Sudoku-based home-security system ($14). A comfy atmosphere replete with multiple stone fireplaces colors the eatery’s interior, and a clean-air garden encourages postmeal relay races in the fountain courtyard.
Within a cozy and colorful cubbyhole, the brew buffs at Sip! on the Square cater to café connoisseurs with a selection of high-quality coffee concoctions and chewable companions. Stimulate synapses sluggish from an early rising or soothe shot nerves after a night spent listening to boogey men grunting from indigestion with drip coffees such as the french roast or organic Sumatra ($1.59,12 oz.). Customers in the mood for more elaborate fare can furnish mouth caves with the thick cream of a milky mocha latte ($2.95,12 oz.) or decadent Ghirardelli chocolate frappé ($3.95,16 oz.). Like compressing Plato’s dialectics into a Bazooka Joe bubblegum comic, the quad espresso crams the vigor of a soda-sipping squirrel into one cup for a huge jolt of jack-in-the-box energy ($2.45).